Photo Gallery | MemFix presents Walker, Highland plan
"Here comes the neighborhood" is a common phrase being passed around in the University District Saturday as hundreds participate in the MemFix festival.
It's aimed at showcasing what is possible at the intersection of Highland and Walker just south of the University of Memphis.The hope is to demonstrate with visual examples how the neighborhood can become more pedestrian friendly.It comes after the success of the MemFix Cleveland street event last fall.
“Too often, cities look to high-risk big-budget projects – arenas, ballparks, large-scale developments – to revitalize a neighborhood,” said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton in November before that last MemFix event. “Not only are there not enough of those projects to go around, the reality doesn’t always live up to the expectation. We want to encourage small, low-risk, community-driven improvements designed to generate long-term change."
Community Redevelopment Liaison, UNDC Leah Dawkins said the intersection of Highland and Walker is the heart of the University Business District.
"But it is really difficult for pedestrians to navigate and make good use of all the assets offered by the businesses," she said. "The MemFix concept allows the UNDC and the UDBA to temporarily show the community how to solve the problem of safe access, which we hope will lead to a long term solution. The event also creates an opportunity to bring new energy to vacant spaces along Highland and imagine what the Walker Streetscape will look like in the near future.”